January 28, 2012

Things you learn from Wikipedia

I just noticed that the Wikipedia article about me says:
In a 2006 National Observer column, Paul Gottfried (who also writes for VDARE.com) reported that Sailer operates a computer business in California, commenting that "given the politically incorrect topic that he addresses and the precariousness of his journalistic career, this advocate of immigration restriction is indeed wise to have other sources of income."[8]

If you happen to find my computer business or my other sources of income, could you return them to me? I suspect they must be hiding in the same place as my gold medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in the Plunge for Distance. Also, if you stumble upon my wisdom, please bring it back. I could definitely use it. 

43 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gotta say, I'm kind a surprised at this post; that 'factoid' has been up for quite awhile on wiki (at least two years). And it made sense because, really, how in the hell can you be making money from this? Jeez mate, a bit more narcissism might be good your case...

dearieme said...

There's an outfit in Munich that keeps sending me letters about my patents - that I don't hold. But not royalties, alas.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. That Wikipedia entry is strangely silent about your porn career in the early '80s.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it.

Steve Sailer said...

"that 'factoid' has been up for quite awhile on wiki (at least two years)."

Yes, when I mentioned to my wife what I had discovered on Wikipedia tonight, she said she'd seen it before and was going to ask me one of these days about my other sources of income.

Phlebas said...

I do remember an iSteve post about Steve's running a computer business, and correcting some kid on the idea that they could assemble a computer and it would turn out cheaper than a pre-assembled one. Or something like that. I think the moral was that Sailer's college education wasn't terribly useful.

Paul Rain said...

Is this post misdirection about your computer business inspired by the SPLC sniffing around? Is this 'factoid' misdirection about your secret funding from the more-evil twin of one of the Koch's? Is Wikipedia likely to remove this sentence because you say it isn't remotely true? (I would say I knew the answer to that last question- but given it's sourced to an opinion piece I suppose it might be taken down)

Anonymous said...

Hmm. That Wikipedia entry is strangely silent about your porn career in the early '80s.

I think you're confusing Mr Sailer with John Derbyshire.

And the 1980s with the 1970s.

Some one said...

Wiki lies? Who would have thought?

bruce banner said...

The question is: why in hell did Gottfried go on record with a fabrication?
Yet another low in the history of conservatism?
Or is it just that you look richer than you are, Steve? Your fans and the IRS want to know!

Anonymous said...

maybe those open minded "free thinker" editors at wikipedia will allow you to edit, lock and censor your own page, as they did with richard dawkins.

Anonymous said...

We all know Sailer doesn't have much knack of business or business sense. He should have kept mum about Isaacson's book and let it come out as "iSteve: the Book of Jobs". ONLY THEN should he made a legal case out of it. Besides, people would have confused iSteve Jobs with iSteve Sailer. It would have been a riot. But Sailer moved too fast and lost two stones with one bird.

StephenT said...

You are in a precarious position indeed, sir. Once the illegal aliens in the country discover you want to kick them out, they'll stop patronizing that high-tech computer enterprise of yours. It happened to me with my rocket science research company. As a group, the Mestizo Mexican culture is well known for their support of such industries.

Anonymous said...

My head hurts

Analytic Couch Potato said...

I guess it's better to be a plug than a thug.

Anonymous said...

Is everything else true?

anony-mouse said...

Business idea: checking, monitoring and editing wikipedia pages of rich people?

Anonymous said...

...my gold medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in the Plunge for Distance...


Ahh, the Summer of '84.

For the younger folks at iSteve - whose idea of flamin' hot p**nt*ng is some 4-foot tall 3-foot wide Nahuatl chick pushing out yet another bambino from the cozy confines of the local taxpayer-funded emergency room - you have no earthly idea what it was like to stroll the night scene at the very apogee of Caucasian Baby Boomer young womanhood, in the Summer of 1984.

About the best I can recommend would be to rent a copy of an old movie like Hardbodies.

Given the collapse in 1st-World fertility rates since then, the world might not see p**nt*ng of that quality for another 1000 years [if ever].


PS: I'm glancing through the list of the women's swimming medalists at the '84 games, and, in addition to having to eat the melancholy of seeing all the old familiar names - Mary T, Tracy Caulkins, Nancy Hogshead - two things really leapt out at me:

1) There was a priestly-caste chick who won double gold in the freestyle, at 400m & 800m, with times which weren't all that much worse than what Janet Evans would swim in Seoul, and

2) Holy Cow, Dara Torres had already won gold, in the 4x100 free relay.

At this point, that chick must be so 'roided up that she's got testicles growing out of her ears.

Which is not to say that [even now] she isn't teh hawtness, but I think that we might need to file her under the category of "shemale".

Truth said...

Don't sell yourself short Sailer; when my family came to California Pizza Kitchen a few weeks ago, your service was excellent. I even left you 10%.

Anonymous said...

"There's an outfit in Munich that keeps sending me letters about my patents - that I don't hold. But not royalties, alas."

Tell you what. If you send me $30,000, I can get your royalties sent to you on a regular basis. Win-win!

Anonymous said...

If you were intent on protecting a side business this is exactly what you'd say.

George said...

Sorry to hear you misplaced your medal Steve. As you recall I took the silver, while the Albanian (I still believe he jumped the gun) took an undeserved third. Bob Costas called it one of the great performances by an American in the pool.
When we talked after the event I asked you what you were going to do now that all the glory was behind you. You said you were going to first go to Disneyland, and then start a company in the nascent computer business. Sad to hear you lost your company. i'm sure it will turn up. By the way, what ever happened to that guy Bill Gates you always talked about?

wild chicken said...

Isn't that HS?

Anonymous said...

Steve, are you trying to troll the troll who's been recently telling us that you aren't you?

Anonymous said...

The future of GOP? Getting a black candidate to win black vote? Haha

No name said...

Wikipedia will print anything as long as it has some "source" no matter how wrong or biased.

Attempts to change it will fought by the loony who put it there. At that point it becomes a battle of wills.

Anonymous said...

OT:

The MSM is flummoxed explaining why FLA's Latinos
are supporting immigration hawk Romney over Newt. Their 16-bit processors are fried trying to compute that one. Syllogism: ALL LATINOS LOVE AMNESTY! SUPPORT AMNESTY AND all LATINOS WILL LOVE YOU.


http://tinyurl.com/6rzags3

Lugash said...

I am Lugash.

I keep trying to edit your Wiki page to include the fact that you wrote a certain Chicago politician's autobiography, but I keep getting blocked.

I am Lugash.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Gottfried got you confused with that other Steve from California who worked in computers?

Anonymous said...

Well, now I feel guilty not giving you money.

Anonymous said...

About three years ago, I happened onto the wikipedia info for a deceased, highly accomplished and highly controversial American physical anthropologist whose work and life had long interested me. It was obvious that the entry had numerous erroneous assertions and PC "colorings". A still living associate of his got the matter corrected by simply providing wikipedia reliable information after making pinpoint objections to the content.

Anonymous said...

Paul Gottfried is the one who said it. Why are you blaming Wikipedia?

RKU said...

The MSM is flummoxed explaining why FLA's Latinos are supporting immigration hawk Romney over Newt.

Yep. But it's even stranger that the really hard-core conservative anti-immigrationists in South Carolina and Florida are generally supporting Newt "Amnesty" Gingrich...

American voters are mostly so dumb and gullible it's really frightening...

not a hacker said...

PS: I'm glancing through the list of the women's swimming medalists at the '84 games

Dude, Natalie Coughlin is way better looking than any of those chicks.

Steve Sailer said...

"I do remember an iSteve post about Steve's running a computer business"

In the 1980s, I was in charge of introducing personal computers to the marketing research corporation where I was employed. Now that you mention it, how come I'm not getting royalty checks for all the good ideas I came up with as a corporate employee a generation ago?

Steve Sailer said...

I'm sure Paul was just confused.

I should have read over my Wikipedia entry a long time ago, but I have some kind of an aversion to reading it, especially because I'm not real clear what to do about misstatements on Wikipedia and don't really want to take the time to become an expert on whatever the proper techniques are.

Anonymous said...

Steve Sailer, Steve Jobs, Steve Ballmer.... Who can keep track?

Anonymous said...

Don't worry Steve, as soon as TPTB change their tune on HBD and immigration, you will be the go to journalist or talking head. With your luck it will happen at age 65 or thereabouts.

Anonymous said...

Ive just had a look at the wiki page, the Obama book is mentioned, computer company is not. So one of our guys must have broken through - for now.

Anonymous said...

"I do remember an iSteve post about Steve's running a computer business, and correcting some kid on the idea that they could assemble a computer and it would turn out cheaper than a pre-assembled one. Or something like that. I think the moral was that Sailer's college education wasn't terribly useful."

To be fair, he said that at least 6 months ago when it was a little more accurate.

Svigor said...

(I would say I knew the answer to that last question- but given it's sourced to an opinion piece I suppose it might be taken down)

I'm reminded of that scene in one of the Star Wars prequels where OB1 is looking for a planet in the Intergalactic Library Archives and the librarian prissily tells him a planet cannot possibly exist unless it's in the database.

As in, Steve tries to correct the page and a WikiNazi reverts it and bans him, citing the rules about "original research" and "editing your own page," etc. Then another shoots down Steve's objections about the source because it's from a mainstream publication. Then the two of them high-fiving on Truth's Victory Over Bias, or something.

Defeated said...

So Wikipedia worked exactly as designed. In the course of one day the record was set straight.

Remember reading NYT corrections of major stories on page B22. Some things get better.

Anonymous said...

So Wikipedia worked exactly as designed. In the course of one day the record was set straight.

We'll see, wiki edit wars have been known to give The Forever War a run for its money.